New Semester’s Resolutions: Fall 2020

I’ve written before about how I like to make resolutions at the new semester, rather than the new year. So let’s do this! I admit this semester I haven’t given that much thought to what I want to do better. Like most of us, I’ve been in crisis mode over the summer, waiting to seeContinue reading “New Semester’s Resolutions: Fall 2020”

You Don’t Need To Watch Your Students

A lot of us are teaching online for the fall. Not as many of us as should be teaching online in the fall, of course, but a lot of us (and as I’ve mentioned before, if you’re not, plan to teach online anyway, because it’s a definite possibility). And I know I’ve said it beforeContinue reading “You Don’t Need To Watch Your Students”

Content, Process, Skill: Heuristics for Evaluating Educational Foundations

One of the biggest misconceptions underlying problems in education is that education is, at its core, simply the accumulation of content: memorizing facts and formulae somehow makes an education. Blame standardized testing if you like, since it’s much more cost-effective to test for content than for processes or skills. For the present argument, where theContinue reading “Content, Process, Skill: Heuristics for Evaluating Educational Foundations”

About That “Teachers Writing Their Wills” Thing…

Lately I’ve seen a bevy of observations that teachers are writing their wills as part of their preparation for the fall semester because they are scared of dying in the inevitable spike in Covid-19 cases that in-person classes could cause. I don’t want to make light of the fear; it’s a very real fear, andContinue reading “About That “Teachers Writing Their Wills” Thing…”

Student Agency Matters (Especially Right Now)

A student asked me over the summer (via an online session, of course) what I thought of the university’s plan to do face-to-face classes. I had a pretty ready answer; I’d already formulated my answer for a survey of non-tenure faculty that one of my excellent colleagues was conducting to make our voices heard. IContinue reading “Student Agency Matters (Especially Right Now)”

Book Review: The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty (no spoilers)

I recently finished reading the final installment in S. A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad Trilogy, The Empire of Gold, which came out on June 30th in my region. It’s the first book I’d pre-ordered in a very long time, and I was not disappointed. If you’re looking for a recent fantasy trilogy, I’d highly recommend it forContinue reading “Book Review: The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty (no spoilers)”

Protect International Students. Fight the #StudentBan.

On top of every other stressor 2020 has thrown together into a massive anxiety salad, we now have to defend a yet another population that, in the United States, has literally no say in the policies that affect their life in the country that they live and study in. If you are an educator, whichContinue reading “Protect International Students. Fight the #StudentBan.”

Letting Students Lead: Race in the Classroom

Like my last post, this is addressed primarily to my white readers, this time the white teachers who read my Work Thursday posts. I’m white, from a super-privileged middle class background, one that has benefited a lot from systemic racism. Many of my students over the years, however, have been Black, from a variety ofContinue reading “Letting Students Lead: Race in the Classroom”

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